Otty Lake Association

  • Rick Stojak
  • Lana Read
  • Cara Begg-Reid
  • Christine Kilburn
  • David and Susan Murray
  • Christine Kilburn
  • Christine Kilburn
  • J Roberts

Welcome to the OLA Website

birdRead Our March Newsletter

Now would be a good time to renew your OLA membership. Check this newsletter or the membership page for e-transfer instructions. Also this issue are updates on the boat launch signage, shooting range, causeway and lake levels. The OLA is looking for some new blood. Please get in touch if you would like to know about joining the board or contributing in another way. And let us know how the e-newsletter format is working for you!

loon with two babiesState of the Lake Report 2022

Our annual State of the Lake Report is a snapshot of lake conditions and environmental activities undertaken.. It includes sections on water quality, the fishery, and the inaturalist, shoreline planting and loon survey projects. Thanks to our contributors and to Cathy Kari for pulling it together.

campfire Online Registration Available
for Open Air Burn Permits

A permit is required for all open air burning. Burn permits expire every year on November 30. Please remember to renew or apply for your FREE fire permit for the 2022-2023 year.

Complete your permit application online or call 613-267-2596.

Causeway on Southwest Shore

causewayThis construction is still a major concern for the OLA and more specifically, a number of our members located on the south west shore.  The OLA shares its members’ concerns, noting that, since the causeway may impact fish habitat, displace species at risk, and permanently block a heretofore navigable water course, remediation may be required.  The OLA has been working closely with our key partners, namely the RVCA and Tay Valley Township (TVT), and continues to monitor developments in the application process.

ppower 2021 congregatingPaddle Power 2022

Over 50 canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards gathered near Buck, Ruby and Clegg Islands on Sunday, August 21. Be sure to join in on Aug. 20, 2023, which will be the 10th anniversary of this popular Otty Lake social event.

Blandings turtleOLA Nature Floatilla July 16 , 2022

Our first Nature Floatilla was a great success. About 100 residents traveled by kayak, canoe or powerboat to the five sites where experts were stationed to share their knowledge about snakes, turtles, fish, birds and ticks. Thanks to Maple Glen for sharing their waterfront for one of the nature sations as well as the picnic that followed.


The OLA Board and 2022 AGM

There are still two openings on the OLA Board, as two members are not renewing their terms. Thanks to Kyla Haley and Rachel Roth for their many contributions. Cathy Kari was elected to another two year term, and the remaining members are partway through their two year terms. If you are interested in joining the Board, it is not too late! Just contact Kirsten or Reid for details.

Kirsten Brouse - President Members at Large:
Keith Desjardins - Vice President Robert Cosh
Jenn O'Donoghue - Treasurer Anne Scotton
Linda Cuthbertson - Recording Secretary Cathy Kari
Barb Hicks - Communications Secretary  
David and Susan Murray - Membership your name here
Reid Kilburn - Past President or here!
Kevin Terrion - Lake Steward  

totem poleReconciliation Working Group

The new Reconciliation Working Group is educating themselves on indigenous issues and indigenous peoples who live in the Otty Lake region. Victoria Gibb-Carsley and Michael Desautels presented this timeline at their second meeting. It was an eye-opener to many; it is shared here. Email if you would like to know more.

pullover hoodieOtty Lake Clothing

A selection of Otty Lake clothing items displaying your choice of the Otty Lake or OLA logo are available : T-shirts, golf-shirts, crew neck sweatshirts, pullover hoodies, zippered hoodies and ball caps. Thanks to Liz Lightford who has volunteered to coordinate the sales. Each item is made to order by Elite Engraving in Perth.

halloween pennant by bruce smithContribute Your Observations to iNaturalist

Discover and track the species that make their home in and around Otty Lake. We invite you to help us create an ongoing catalog of the wildlife for the area. This library will help us gain insight into the distribution and seasonality of the organisms in our region. It will help the scientific community through records of wildlife movements, invasive species, species at risk as well as sharing observations among friends. Visit the website or download the app. 

tickUpTICK on Ticks and Lyme Disease in Eastern Ontario

Listen to the recording of June 8, 2021 webinar with Dr. Andrew Peregrine, Associate Professor at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph presented by Friends of the Napanee River and Friends of the Salmon River.

kids fishingEtransfer Your OLA Membership Fees

The OLA Board hopes you and your families are staying healthy during these unusual times.  

In order to continue the work and education around the lake, we do rely on your membership dues. Please consider  paying your $25 dues by e-transfer to  The security question to input is "province we live in", and the answer is "Ontario". Please include some identifying details in the message, such as your address, or if you are a couple, both of your names. We have had a few submissions we have struggled to identify!

if you prefer, you can mail a cheque made out to the Otty Lake Association for $25 to Otty Lake Association, Box 20122, Perth, ON K7H 3M6.

map snipUpdated Lake Map Here

A new map of Otty Lake has been made available to residents and cottagers. This is an update of the 18" x 24" map produced in 2010. More islands and bays have been named, shoals indicated, and the 30 m. reduced speed zone marked to encourage safe boating. Maps were made available to paid up members, with additional copies available for $5.00 each.

misty islandCrown Island Use

Twenty of the 31 islands in Otty Lake are considered "Crown land". They are owned by the provincial government and managed by Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). The public is free to use them, but camping is not permitted on islands smaller than 200 feet across.

tickTicks and Lyme Disease:

This presentation by the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit was given to the Lake Networking Group in mid April 2018.


Tips for high risk areas from the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation.


What what you need to know about tick removal, how to recognize the Lyme Disease rash, and how Lyme disease is diagnosed.    


bear at feederBlack Bears around Otty Lake

Bears Bears are frequently seen in the Otty Lake watershed, and can peacefully coexist with residents.   Educate yourself on their behaviour in case you encounter one.  Bears are attracted to food of any kind, so be careful how you deal with garbage, fruit trees, barbeques and bird feeders. Generally, bears want to avoid humans. Most encounters are not aggressive and attacks are rare.

Emergency: Call 911.

If people, pets or livestock are in immediate danger.

Non Emergency: Call 1-866-514-2327

The Bear Wise reporting line (between April 1 and November 30). A bear passing by, in a tree, breaking into garbage, emptying bird feeders etc.

From Dec 1 to March 31, contact your local MNRF District office. The Kemptville office is (613) 258-8204.




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